Repurposed Bookcase Headboard Bench

It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! This is a fun time where my blogger friends and I get together to show you how we take some #trashure and turn it into something new. The subject of my post today is this twin headboard we bought as a part of a set. The dresser set was done in this post, and now it’s the headboard’s turn for some lovin’. Because of the design of this piece, I decided to turn it into a repurposed bookcase headboard bench complete with storage. Let me show ya what I did. PLUS, I have a giveaway for you!

Vintage Bookcase Headboard Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

At first, those built-in cubbies totally reminded me of nesting boxes or “bins” for chicken when flipped on its backside. I kept thinking I would be creating something along those lines, but the last few projects I did were wall related and I wanted to change it up. Something that struck me was that the board spanning the front fit exactly over the “bins” like a lid. Here is what I created utilizing those pieces.

Bookcase Headboard Made into Storage Bins by Prodigal Pieces |

It didn’t have a bottom, so I cut a piece of new wood to fit. I stained and pre-drilled counter-sunk holes before attaching it. However, here is a peek to give you the idea.

Open Bookcase Headboard Bench Box | Prodigal Pieces |

Next, my goal was to build up the sides. I cut two side supports out of a 1″ x 12″ board. I had hoped to get a bit decorative with it, but because that box lid needed clearance, I had to keep the design to a minimum.

Once I dry fit the sides, it was time to create the top. I wanted a rustic, planked look, so I used 1″ x 4″‘s cut to length for the seat. Yes, this is me out in freezing temps wearing a turtle neck, two sweaters and my down parka trying to get this thing built. I need a new home with an awesome shop attached, eh?

Using Miter Saw Out in Freezing Cold | Prodigal Pieces |

Actually, I really don’t mind as long as I have layers. It’s all I have known since I was born here and I couldn’t live without the snow. However, I found that living down south meant it was wretched hot in the summer…sooo not for me. The only perfect place to live that I know of is heaven.

Okay, so my goal was to make use of every bit of that headboard. I even yanked of these bed rail supports and used those as reinforcements for the seat I was creating. Those side supports will become something in a bit too. Hang on!

Dismantling Bookscase Headboard for Bench | Prodigal Pieces |

After a bit more DIYness, here is my newly created repurposed bookcase headboard bench. (say that 5 times fast – ha!)

Rustic Repurposed Headboard Bench & Wall Shelf by Prodigal Pieces |

The bench came out just as I’d hoped with ample seating and plenty of storage below.

Upcycled Bookcase Headboard Bench with Storage by Prodigal Pieces |

I added hardware that would keep from the lid from slamming down and make it easier to access those bins.

Open Storage Bench by Prodigal Pieces |

Plus, notice the bin on the wall? That was made from the two side supports and beadboard. woot!

Farmhouse Wall Bin from Repurposed Headboard by Prodigal Pieces |

I’m tellin’ ya, nothing goes to waste around here. tsk. I even was able to make a small shelf and towel bar using the ends of the supports and a croquet mallet handle. The little corbels are the scrap pieces from the headboard.

Repurposed Croquet Mallet & Headboard Shelf by Prodigal Pieces |

Well, I had fun creating this repurposed bookcase headboard bench, and hope you enjoyed seeing how something can be put to use in a whole new way.

Farmhouse Style Entry with Repurposed Storage Bench & Wall Bin by Prodigal Pieces |

How to Create a Repurposed Bookcase Headboard Bench by Prodigal Pieces |

Best part is that you can find the bench, the wall bin, the shelf, and even my ticking pillows all in my shop available for purchase. (SOLD)

Shop Prodigal Pieces |

Do pin and share this project to encourage others to think outside the headboard…hee hee hee. Seriously though, sometimes it’s just finding that inspiration to get us started on a wonderful adventure.

Unblelievable! A Repurposed Bookcase Headboard becomes 3 New Projects, Including a Bench, Wall Bin, and Shelf by Prodigal Pieces |

Now, because I love me some trashure, I want to share the fun with you and send one of you my super-fun mug I offer in my shop.

Front and Back of Prodigal Pieces Campfire Mug | Prodigal Pieces |

Just leave me a comment telling me what is your favorite Trashure project you’ve done and winner will be announced later this week. Easy-peasy!

Don’t forget to head below to see what my friends have created for you! Oh, and up next, I will be showing you how this dresser got a new lease on life.

Mid Century Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get updates in your inbox, and get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop. Until next time!

blog signature


WAIT!! Did you see these awesome Trash to Treasure Transformations?

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces |

Just click on the matching numbered link below to enjoy these makeovers.

Feb. 2017 Trash to Treasure Collage |

  1. Bless’er House
  2. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
  3. Artsy Chicks Rule
  4. Girl in the Garage

More projects like my repurposed bookcase headboard bench:

Vintage Industrial Teen Boy's Bedroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comTired Bentwood Rocker Becomes Black Beauty by Prodigal Pieces |

Previous Post Next Post


  • Jewell Styles

    My favorite makeover is a dilapidated old treadle machine that I turned into a beautiful desk.

    February 14, 2017 at 8:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s awesome! Hope you like my creations. 🙂

      February 14, 2017 at 8:40 am Reply
      • Jewell Styles

        Love them!

        February 14, 2017 at 9:18 am Reply
  • Lee Ann Oliverio

    I’m new to this diy-ing so I started small with a cute little milking stool makeover . So much fun!

    February 14, 2017 at 8:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That works for me! 😀

      February 14, 2017 at 8:40 am Reply
  • kim

    My favorite make overs are vintage trunks. I never get tired of re-purposing them.

    February 14, 2017 at 8:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m with you! They are so useful.

      February 14, 2017 at 9:02 am Reply
  • Lori Fletcher

    I love your repurposing projects today’s is one of my favorites but your makeovers are amazing too. Love your work

    February 14, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Laura Williams

    In an abandoned house I found a waterfall style vanity with the mirror intact. A few days later at a flea market I found a 5 drawer water damaged waterfall dresser which I got for$25. Five sample paints in various shades of blue, and a half gallon of wall paint, along with a lot of sanding and wood filler, I had a new bedroom set for myself! Moved into our new house, and the previous owners left me an old wood fabric crate, that I plan on turning into a chair, and an old window that I am going to turn into a matching headboard for my bedroom.

    February 14, 2017 at 9:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Talk about a score!! Wow! You are a kindred spirit. 😀

      February 14, 2017 at 10:04 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Grrrrrr. I had a long comment typed out and it disappeared when firefox decided to interfere for for an update. My little repurpose project was turning broken jewelry and a piece of driftwood into a suncatcher, which I sent to a lovely friend. she shared a picture of it on Instagram and another person has now requested one. For a larger project I have an old iron sewing machine base which I will top with a beautiful oval piece of marble that I got at a plant swap in exchange for plants. Should be a very simple project screwing the top to the base, and I can’t wait to have it in the house. Regarding your project…. as I mentioned, I have a very similar headboard and had wanted to make it into a bookcase. But after seeing what you have done, I’d like to turn it into something completely different. I have some questions. You said the cubbies didn’t have a bottom, but in the original picture they do have a back. couldn’t you use that as the bottom ? Also, what did you use the top board for ? I can’t seem to locate it in the picture of your leftovers. How did you get all the pieces separated? A good hammer? I don’t know if my pieces are nailed or screwed together. Love what you did and hope I can do something just as awesome. Thanks SO much for sharing, Larissa.

    February 14, 2017 at 10:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Gah! I hate when that happens. 😛 Sounds like you’re on it! For my headboard, the front of the bins on the bench is the top. The back panel was only a cheap, thin particle board that wouldn’t suffice for a “bottom”. My headboard was all attached by screws, so my drill was my best friend. Hope that helps!

      February 14, 2017 at 11:15 am Reply
      • Patty Soriano

        Thanks, Larissa! I hope I can make something just as beautiful and functional as you have. You are GOOD!

        February 14, 2017 at 11:30 am Reply
  • Christy

    Girl you are amazing!! Your vision is always on point! Awesome makeovers!! XO

    February 14, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Christy!

      February 14, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Larissa, what a great makeover! I love your no waste approach with your trashure, that hanging towel bar holder, amazing! As for me I turned a thrifted piece of metal into a solar powered chandelier.

    February 14, 2017 at 11:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I have always wanted to try one of those. Just need somewhere to put it!

      February 14, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    You are amazing! I can’t believe that you made so many different items out of 1 headboard. That storage box is awesome!

    February 14, 2017 at 1:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was kind like a game trying to figure it all out. Fun! Thanks, Bonnie.

      February 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm Reply
  • Karen Marie Kedzuch

    Your creativity and determination are amazing. I love how you used every piece of the headboard to report use in your post.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

    February 14, 2017 at 1:48 pm Reply
  • Karen Marie Kedzuch

    Larissa,. My favorite repurpose so far is turning a bed into a bench but, not in the traditional footboard as arms and headboard as the back. The best part I if your needs change it can still be converted back into a bed frame.
    The headboard is the seat in my entry way with the footboard is the back of the bench. Thank you for asking and th he chance to win some of your terrific work.
    Happy Valentine’s Day,
    Karen Marie

    February 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like a plan! Can’t wait to see. 😀

      February 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Larissa, I love how you don’t let anything go to waste. That bench is fantastic, and I have a soft spot for anything croquet-related so that little towel bar made me giddy! (and kudos to you for braving the freezing cold for this project… feels like spring is almost here in the midwest now though!)

    February 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I couldn’t wait to make use of that handle. Was saving it for just the right project. Thanks, Jen!

      February 15, 2017 at 6:49 am Reply
  • Sandy Koenig

    My favorite DIY is making pillows from crochet items I pick up.

    February 14, 2017 at 3:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Those have to be beautiful. I love crochet!

      February 15, 2017 at 6:49 am Reply
  • Louise

    Tough to narrow down but my favorite is probably the tray I made from an old framed print and some pallet wood since it turned out so pretty and a cancer support organization received the profits from an auction. I’m a “Rescuer” so Trashure is my life! Thank you for the Inspiration.

    February 14, 2017 at 6:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      What a wonderful way to stay active and also share the love with others who need it. Thank you!

      February 15, 2017 at 6:50 am Reply
  • lorip

    I took all of my dad’s ties and created throw pillows for our mother and the five of us children to commemorate his 75th birthday. My very favorite trashure for sure!!

    February 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That is a such a special gift that will be treasured for years to come. Good for you!

      February 15, 2017 at 6:48 am Reply
  • Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    Never would I ever…seriously that headboard turned into that!!! I like how you think my friend.

    February 15, 2017 at 10:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I finally got a headboard bench done – a different kind, but a bench nonetheless! 😀 Thanks, Marie.

      February 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    Wowee!!! That is absolutely amazing but so is everything you do Larissa! 🙂 xo

    February 15, 2017 at 2:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet, Nancy. Thank you for the love!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    Wow, what an awesome makeover and 3 projects out of that one headboard!! Great job!!

    February 16, 2017 at 4:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Cheryl! I was on a roll. hee hee hee. 😀

      February 16, 2017 at 6:32 am Reply
  • Jenny

    That hidden storage is great! I love that you try to use everything in your pieces. So much creativity!

    February 27, 2017 at 10:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Jenny!

      March 1, 2017 at 3:18 pm Reply
  • Donna Leigh Turner

    Hi Larissa! I bought a low, outdated wooden coffee table at a thrift store. I replaced the pressed wood aprons around the table with pine and then tufted the top with drop cloth and turned it into a bench! So much fun!

    June 30, 2017 at 6:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That is awesome!! I love being able to create.

      July 1, 2017 at 10:55 am Reply

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    You may also like

    This site utilizes cookies to offer you the best experience possible. more information

    The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.